My New Neighbour: a way to bring refugees safely to Australia
It’s time to start focusing on the solutions. It’s time to strengthen the power of your community and use it to create new pathways for refugees to safely settle in Australia.
We’re mobilising towns and communities in advocating for a fairer community sponsorship program for refugees. A fairer sponsorship program would allow everyday Australians and their communities to support refugees in coming to Australia and settling into the community.
By growing visible support in your community for an improved community sponsorship program (CSP) and lobbying your local council to show their support, we will send our government a clear message: our communities are serious about creating safe ways for people to rebuild their lives in Australia.
This guide has all the information you need to be part of Amnesty’s ‘My New Neighbour Stories’ events happening around Australia. By helping to share the stories of welcoming communities around Australia, you will be part of Amnesty’s global movement to create supportive pathways for refugees to reach safety.
In this guide you will find:
- Note from the campaigner
- Overview of event tactic
- Steps for organising your own event, including links to resources
- How to help capture content to influence decision makers
- Examples of resulting stories
What is Community Sponsorship?
Check out this explainer video!
Getting local allies
These one-page guides are an easy tool you can use to help you get your schools, councils and sporting clubs on board.
Ready to get your local council on board? Check out the guides specific for getting your councillors to pass a motion supporting an expanded and improved community sponsorship program.
It’s important to show the community support for this issue so working with local media to showcase sporting clubs, schools and local councils supporting the campaign is important and helps get more community support for CSP.
Get people to show their support for the program. Ask them to sign and share the petition and make public statements about their support for the campaign. Use the ‘What is CSP’ flyer at events and stalls where people want more detailed information about the program, the ‘general’ flyer is very top line information about the campaign that is a good easy handout.
Posters and signs (right click on the image to download)
Videos to share!
- This great video from the Western Bulldogs that speaks to the importance of building partnerships to change community perception.
- The video from The Tonightly show that breaks down what the campaign in a funny and succinct way.
- The Moving day video that speaks to what it means to be a community and to live and breathe the spirit of welcome.
- This powerful this video of Amir. Amir spent five years on Manus island until finally in 2017 he had his dream come true of freedom and a life in a place of safety. Amir was sponsored through Canada’s private refugee sponsorship scheme. This video sums it up, we can make a difference in people lives and there are good people out there willing to open up their homes and their communities to welcome people. Australians want to do this too and we are going to make it happen.
Training: Community Mapping
Mapping your community is a key part of the success of your local campaign. Your Community Organiser will be running training in your state for groups interested in working on this campaign to maximise their local impact. Contact your Community Organiser to organise a session with your group.